Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. (https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/)
Houston, which prides itself on its international flair, has plenty of celebration events throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. There are more than 2 million Hispanics in the Houston Metropolitan area, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
We compiled a list of a few of the many events in Houston scheduled throughout the month:
- Saturday, Sept. 15
- The Fiestas Patrias International Parade will be held in Downtown Houston at 10 am. On Sept. 15, 1810, the Rev. Miguel Hidalgo climbed on top of a church and encouraged people to fight for Mexico’s independence. This cry for liberty marks the anniversary of Mexico’s “Grito de Dolores.”
- Holy Name Catholic Church will host its annual Fall Festival in the heart of the Northside. This two day event will take place for all ages and features live performances on by Ram Herrera and the Outlaw Band, Conjunto Firme, Pio Trevino y Grupo Magic and more!
- Tierra Presenta: El Grito de Dolores will bring a celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day to the East End. Beginning at 5 pm, come and shout, “Viva Mexico” and transport back to your favorite Mexico Plaza.
- Sunday, Sept. 16
- The 12th annual Fiesta Patrias with Telemundo Houston will be held at Trader’s Village.
- Fiestas Patrias Presented by Taqueria Arandas: Join the Children’s Museum of Houston as we partner with Consulate General of Mexico in Houston for an afternoon of fiesta and freedom as we commemorate “Fiestas Patrias.”
- Wednesday, Sept. 19
- Hispanic Heritage Fiesta will be hosted by several Hispanic-based organizations at Talento Bilingue De Houston. There will be food, art and culture, aiming to bring awareness of the impact the Hispanic community has had on Houston.
- Thursday, Sept. 20
- Show & Tell: Stories of Houston’s Mujeres – Join HMRC on Sept. 20 from 6 pm – 7:45 pm at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at the Julia Ideson Building (Julia Ideson Building Norma Meldrum Room). Hispanic women have shaped Houston in significant, and often underappreciated, ways. Come to see unique items that reflect the vibrant history of Hispanic women in Houston.
- Saturday, Oct. 6
- The 39th Annual Festival Chicano will take place at Miller Outdoor Theatre. The festival is one of the oldest, ongoing, free events of its type in the world. It is a cultural celebration of Chicano music – from Tejano and Conjunto, to Mariachi and Orchestra.
- Loteria Night at HPL Express Discovery Green from 6 pm – 8 pm.
- Saturday, Oct. 13 –
- KBR Kids Day at Guadalupe Plaza Park. Activity stations will include numerous hands-on activities from over 20 partners, local entertainment and performers, Dia de los Muertos face painters, balloon artists, a rock climbing wall, Sports Zone and so much more! Event begins at 11 am.
Here at Morales Funeral Home, we love being part of a city rich in diversity. We wish everyone a happy Hispanic Heritage Month!